ULAM: Main Dish
Directed by Alexandra Cuerdo
“Ulam” means main dish in tagalog, the national language of the Philippines. And this documentary strives to examine the “main dish” — not only by highlighting the hallmarks of modern Filipino cuisine, but also by telling the stories of those who create it. Through pioneering Filipino American chefs and restaurateurs, Ulam touches on the struggles of attempting to move the cuisine into the mainstream while also celebrating the newfound success of the thriving Filipino culinary community.
The chefs in ULAM: MAIN DISH range from line cooks at Michelin-starred restaurants to high school dropouts, successful restaurateurs to first time shop owners. All are highly acclaimed and are considered trailblazers in the Filipino food movement. Through a series of one-on-one interviews, Ulam delves into their origins, their sacrifices, and what it takes to run successful restaurants in two of the most competitive markets in the world: New York and Los Angeles.
— Marky Enriquez
Director: Alexandra Cuerdo
Executive Producers: Paul Puzon, Mia Manlunas
Producers: Alexandra Cuerdo, John Floresca, Rey Cuerdo
Writers: Paul Puzon, Mia Manlunas
Editor: Tayler Braasch
Cinematographer: John Floresca
Cast: Alvin Cailan, Nicole Ponseca, Miguel Trinidad, Romy Dorotan, Amy Besa , Johneric Concordia, Christine Araquel-Concordia, Charles Olalia, Chase Valencia, Chad Valencia, and Andre Guerrero.